Filipa Rodrigues http://tpr.org en Texas Senate Considers School 'Voucher' Bills Despite House Ban http://tpr.org/post/texas-senate-considers-school-voucher-bills-despite-house-ban <strong>UPDATE 5:59&#160;</strong>The Senate Committee on Education heard SB 1575 this afternoon from educators and parents supporting the so-called voucher program that would give parents money to move their children from public to private schools.&#160;<p>The bill’s author Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels said that parents and students should have a choice in schooling and claim that failing public schools set back children across the state.<p>“Education is the great equalizer. This is the civil rights issue of our time. Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:35:21 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 9335 at http://tpr.org Texas Senate Considers School 'Voucher' Bills Despite House Ban Proposed Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber For Texas Pets And Strays http://tpr.org/post/proposed-bills-would-shutter-gas-chamber-texas-pets-and-strays More than 100,000 &#160;cats and dogs are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Euthanasia by carbon monoxide – essentially a gas chamber – &#160;is still common practice in nearly 30 shelters. &#160;<p>Within the last five years, almost 30 Texas cities banned gas chambers, switching from carbon monoxide to lethal injection. Pennsylvania and Louisiana banned gas chambers statewide last year.<img alt="Description: --break-&#62;" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0clip_image002.png" width="3"><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:36:49 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 7036 at http://tpr.org Proposed Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber For Texas Pets And Strays Texas Lawmakers Renew Push On Statewide Texting And Driving Ban http://tpr.org/post/texas-lawmakers-renew-push-statewide-texting-and-driving-ban Texas lawmakers are trying again to pass a statewide law banning texting while driving. A similar measure passed in the Texas House and Senate last legislative session, but was vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.<p>Today, <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&#38;Bill=HB63" target="_blank">Texas Rep. Tom Craddick’s House Bill 63</a> is getting its first public hearing. The bill is going before the <a href="http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/safety/distracted/release.pdf">House Committee on Transportation</a>.<p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:42:59 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 7016 at http://tpr.org Texas Lawmakers Renew Push On Statewide Texting And Driving Ban New Study Shows Half Of All Texans Have No Savings http://tpr.org/post/new-study-shows-half-all-texans-have-no-savings State leaders routinely hail the "Texas Miracle" that's created one of the strongest economies in the country.&#160;<p>Everyone mentions the growth and job opportunities across the Lone Star State, but a recent study by <a href="http://cfed.org/">the Corporation for Enterprise Development</a> shows that many Texans are striving on the edge of poverty. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:37:34 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 5653 at http://tpr.org New Study Shows Half Of All Texans Have No Savings Whole Foods Salmon Recalled http://tpr.org/post/whole-foods-salmon-recalled <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm337382.htm">Whole Foods is recalling</a> two lots of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria—a bacteria that can lead to fatal infections in young children, elderly people and people with weakened immune systems.<p>The second lot, with code <span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline">7425A2297A</span> printed on the back of the package, on the upper left side, was sold in Texas stores.<p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:01:50 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 5627 at http://tpr.org Whole Foods Salmon Recalled Texas High School Graduation Above National Average http://tpr.org/post/texas-high-school-graduation-above-national-average A new study shows Texas' four-year high school graduation rate rose to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010, putting the Lone Star State above the national average of 78.2 percent.<p>A federal study released by <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/">the National Center of Education Statistics</a> shows that Texas' four-year graduation rate increased from its previous study, from 73.1 percent in the 2006-2007 school year to 78.9 percent in 2009-2010.<p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:38:27 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 5112 at http://tpr.org Texas High School Graduation Above National Average